Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Photo: Kyodo
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Photo: Kyodo

China-Australia relations: Canberra’s new top diplomat Penny Wong part of ‘damage control’ mission to woo Pacific nations and fix harm caused by Scott Morrison

  • Diplomacy stepped up under new leader Anthony Albanese in bid to stop ‘ignoring’ and ‘disrespecting’ and also counter China’s influence in region
  • Experts say Australia is trying to improve ties undermined by former PM; they also say rejection by 10 Pacific nations of a Chinese security deal shows a blatant refusal to be part of ‘Beijing’s broader international agenda’

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Photo: Kyodo
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Photo: Kyodo
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